This blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on the news, share opinions and debate local government issues. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Jane Sankarayya.


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Squaring the circle

October 8, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West wonders about the seemingly paradoxical role for councillors of representing their electorate and answering to their party.


Celebrating older people

October 1, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Today is Older People’s Day in the UK and the UN International Day of Older Persons and this weekend it’s grandparents day.  I’ve spent the last year or so deep into social care policy. Frankly, it’s all been a bit doom and gloom. Key to Care focused on the grim…

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Municipal Postcard: A Yorkshire post

September 18, 2015 by Charlotte Maddix

With the summer winding down and holidays becoming a distant memory, Charlotte Maddix brings our series of Municipal Postcards to an end with her dispatches from Yorkshire.


Viewpoint: The biggest deal yet?

September 17, 2015 by Majeed Neky

With devolution now big news, and government indicating that it is prepared to bring significant powers and budgets to the table, there has been considerable interest in the Treasury’s latest invitation to places to propose ‘devolution deals’, writes Majeed Neky.


Technology and Democracy

September 16, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Technology can enable us to build resilient places for communities to thrive, but only if it underpins democracy.   Too often “technology” is treated as a spectacle, as a thing that will either solve all our problems, or create more, which may be insurmountable. But it only really means something…



LGiU this autumn

September 10, 2015 by LGiU

Over the next few months LGiU is focusing on what it takes to help make stronger communities, stronger services and stronger local democracy. Here is a preview of some of our forthcoming programme.


Viewpoint: Making devolution an open process

September 9, 2015 by LGiU

The political cut and thrust of the devolution debate is fascinating, and has enormous implications for the future of the way that local services will be delivered, writes Ed Hammond from the Centre for Public Scrutiny. It is particularly annoying that so much of it is being conducted behind closed…

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